Oba of Benin accuses EFCC of collecting bribe to frutrate his petition against fraudulent palace officials

Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of allegedly collecting bribe to frustrate his petition against fraudulent palace officials

The monarch made the allegations when he received the new Benin Zonal Director of EFCC, Effa Okim in his Palace in Benin on Monday, May 20.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Osaigbovo Ighobaro, the monarch cited a particular criminal case involving unnamed former palace officials who were arrested for alleged fr@ud and handed over to EFCC in Benin for investigation and prosecution.

The Oba alleged that some EFCC operatives allegedly handled the case with kid gloves, which led to the release of the culprits a few years ago.

The monarch, who did not name the palace officials, expressed shock that the EFCC investigators allegedly swept glaring evidence of fraud against them (the palace officials) under the carpet.

“We want to draw your attention to one or two grey areas in your operations.

No matter how much you try to support the EFFC from the palace, It is very difficult because they seem to listen to other parties. What I have been told is that they take instructions from the highest bidder.

You know that I have been known for speaking the truth. I was not happy about certain things that happened with your predecessor.

We get news from everywhere. We try to assist the EFCC. I even wrote a letter to the then-chairman who was removed from office.

I even sent an emissary to talk to him regarding certain elements in Edo State, particularly the palace.

How can EFCC operatives, especially, the lady who handled the case I cited earlier behave like that? If I was asked to comment on her performance, I would score her zero. I do not know if she was doing an EFCC job or just dancing to the tunes of people who were giving her money.

At the time we were trying to assist EFCC, the report we kept getting was negative and I was not happy about it,” Oba Ewuare II said.

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